"Know Sophie Tucker, know Duke Ellington"

Sophie Tucker (1884-1966) was a once massively popular Russian-born American singer and entertainer whose stage image emphasized her raucous 'fat girl' image: her songs included 'I Don't Want to Get Thin' and 'Nobody Loves a Fat Girl, But Oh How a Fat Girl Can Love'. She went on to add blues and jazz to her ragtime repertoire. Her 1911 hit 'Some of These Days' became her trademark song.

Listen on Spotify:   Some of These Days     I Don't Want to Get Thin

Duke Ellington (1899-1974) was a pianist and one of the greatest Jazz composers and bandleaders of all time. He is one of the originators of Big Band music and led his own band for more than half a century.

Listen on Spotify:   In a Sentimental Mood    It Don't Mean a Thing